Native Americans

Native Leader Expresses Concern About Kavanaugh

7 hours ago
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Native American leaders say they have concerns about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Today [Monday] in Worley, Idaho, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians shared her thoughts about Kavanaugh at the fall conference of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians.

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An Idaho nonprofit has received a $5000 matching grant to restore and archive recorded interviews done with the regions tribal elders.

The Idaho Mythweaver organization has worked to record oral histories of several regional tribes, including the Nez Perce, Coeur D Alene, Kalispel, and Kootenai .

Northwest Tribes Celebrate Salmon in Kettle Falls

Jun 15, 2017
Upper Columbia United Tribes

Today members of several northwest Indian tribes are in Kettle Falls to celebrate the traditional role of salmon in their culture. It’s the second consecutive year such an event has been held. Some of the celebrants arrived in huge hand-carved canoes. They set off from the Keenleyside Dam, near Castlegar, British Columbia, padded down the Columbia River and arrived for a ceremony at the site of one of the most historically prolific fisheries in the Northwest. That fishery disappeared with the building of Grand Coulee Dam in the 1930s and the creation of its reservoir, Lake Roosevelt.

Inland Journal, June 15, 2017

Jun 15, 2017

This week on Inland Journal, we’ll hear excerpts from an Idaho Supreme Court hearing over whether the governor’s veto of a bill repealing the state grocery tax is legal. We’ll talk with Washington state school Superintendent Chris Reykdal about his vision of the state’s schools. We talk about the results of the annual homeless census in Spokane. And the head of the Upper Columbia United Tribes talks about this week’s ceremony in Kettle Falls honoring salmon and their role in Native life.